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When I was young I was very intuitive, taking things apart was my specialty. I wasn't so good at putting them back together tho! I was curious as to how thing worked, and wanted to learn how EVERYTHING worked. For me, taking something apart was the best way to learn how it was made! As I got older I learned how to put things back together and make them work! My ability to fix broken things was one thing that helped shape my life. When I started working at a private golf course in Providence, Kentucky, my skills of keeping the equipment running helped land me the grounds keepers job. A few years later my ability as a greens keeper there landed me a job with the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company. There I was in charge of the irrigation system among other things, one of those things was landscape improvements. I was commissioned with the task of making the teeing areas more accessable for the golfers. I built several stepped structures with rail road ties that eased access of the tees for the golfers but they were visually appeasing as well.

Working with used rail road ties isn't the easiest of jobs but I built several structers, a couple you can see in these pictures. These structers caught the attention of Mr. Palmers Vice President of Golf Course Operations, Jim Ellison. at the time Jim was also the Golf Course Superintendent at the Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida that was owned by Arnold Pamler. He told me personally that he was very impressed with my landscape work! Most of these structures have been demolishied. (rail road ties don't last forever!) Although one of them is still visibal on Google Earth some 25 years later!

My History in Woodworking
My History in Woodworking

I credit both my grandfathers for my interest in being a craftsman. Mom's dad could fix anything electrical or mechanical and dad's dad was a cobblesmith and worked wonders with peoples shoes! I enjoyed being around them both growing up and living in the same small town that was easy to do! My interest in woodworking started when I was in the 9th grade when I was able to enroll in the Industrial Arts programs in school, drafting and woodworking were my first choises. I build my first real piece of furniture in 1973 when I was 15 years old, my shop teacher (Mr. Van Yandell) was so impressed with my project he contacted the local news paper. They came and took pictures of my project and did an article about me and my project. That project was a Chess Table. I chose Walnut and Cherry for the table top materials. (if I knew then what I know now I would have chosen Maple instead of Cherry for more of a contrast.) The single pedistel, which I turned on a lathe, and the base was made from solid Walnut. Several years ago someone fell on that table and broke a foot but I was able to repair it. That Chess Table is 42 years old now, in 8 years it will be considered an antique! WOW! At the present it's showing it's age and needs some minor repairs and refinishing but I'm proud that I have kept it all these years! I will surly post a picture when I've re-finished it!

My History in Pen Making
My History in Pen Making

I started making wooden pens and pencils in January 2006, at the time I was working at Greater Atlanta Christian School. They started construction on a new elementary building about a year before I started working there and a co-worker took some of the trees that were removed to make way for this new building and had them milled. A few years later, when I started making pens, this co-worker thought this wood would make a pretty pen so he brought me a board. I took it home, made a pen and pencil out of it, then took and presented them to the president of the school. He was so impressed with them, and the fact that the wood was from the school campus, he asked me if I could make a box for them, from the same wood and then have it engraved? I had never made a pen box but I was sure I could! This was my first large sell, he ordered 27 sets and presented them to each member on the Board of Directors at the school. I was told that some of the board members, when told the history of this wood, were moved to tears! They will always cherish these pen and pencil sets. Below is a picture of the top of the box.

They called these the "GACS Legacy" pen and pencil sets, engraved with the GACS logo, Board of Trustees and White Oak from GACS Campus.

Thus I had found a niche in the hand crafted pen and pencil business!

 
 
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